Nigerians woke up on Friday, July 6, 2018, to find out that President Muhammadu Buhari had usurped the powers of the judiciary by issuing out Executive Order 6 of 2018 which stripped a number of former public officials of their assets.
The list reads like a who is who of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, chieftains and betrays President Buhari’s obvious bias and incapacity for objectivity.
I have no sympathy for anyone who loots the public treasury, but let it be proved that that is the case. President Buhari cannot be a judge in his own case.
But the most compelling argument against President Buhari’s Executive Order 6 of 2018 is not who is on the list, but who is not on the list.
Significant amongst those not on the list are the following:
On June 1, 2015, two days after President Buhari was sworn in, the new APC government WITHDREW the charges preferred against Timipre Sylva, a known All Progressive Congress financier, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and on October 3, 2018, the EFCC returned to Sylva, 48 houses seized from him during the administration of former president, Goodluck Jonathan in 2013.
How can the Buhari administration justify returning 48 houses to Sylva? And why is Sylva not on the list of those whose property are affected by Executive Order 6 of 2018?
What legitimate business has Mr. Timipre Sylva engaged in to justify his acquisition of 48 houses?
Lieutenant General Turkur Buratai:
After the scandal burst that President Muhammadu Buhari’s Chief of Army staff had bought multiple properties in Dubai allegedly worth $1.5 million, the Nigerian Army released a statement claiming that Mr. Buratai and his wife bought the properties from proceeds of their “personal savings”.
However, the same Buhari administration is trying Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia in court for corruption and rejected her argument that the sum of $793,800, which she was alleged to have, was from her legitimate earnings.
Federal High Court judges earn more than Major Generals in the army (A’s Buratai was when he made the suspicious purchases). If the Buhari administration rejected Justice Ajumogobia’s argument that she could have $793,800 from her legitimate earnings, how come they are willing to accept Turkur Buratai’s argument that he bought the alleged $1.5 million Dubai properties from his ‘personal savings’.
The argument falls flat on its face and thus, Lieutenant General Turkur Buratai should be treated like Justice Rita Ofili and included in the list of those affected by President Muhammadu Buhari’s Executive Order 6 of 2018.
Maina is the biggest alleged thief in Nigeria’s civil service history. He was dismissed by former President Jonathan after allegedly making off with over $130 million. He was also declared wanted by the International Police (Interpol) and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
Yet, Maina, was recalled, reinstated and double promoted by the Buhari administration. When the Nigerian Senate sought to probe the circumstances of his recall and reinstatement, President Buhari’s Attorney General and Minister of Justice went to court to secure a kangaroo injunction to stop them.
The current head of service of the federation, Mrs Winifred Ekanem Oyo-Ita, revealed that she personally and verbally warned President Buhari of the Maina affair BEFORE he was recalled and the President REFUSED to stop the immoral action.
According to Junaid Mohammed, the Buhari government gave Maina armed guards to protect him and was preparing him to contest to he Governor of Borno before his cover was blown.
Abdulrasheed Maina is known to have many properties. How come he is not affected by President Buhari’s Executive Order 6?
A former Secretary to the Government of the Federation. Mr. Lawal allegedly gave a ₦200 million contract to his own company from monies meant to look after Internally Displaced Persons. Although he was reluctantly sacked by President Buhari after protest by the opposition and civil society, Babachir Lawal has still not been charged.
Instead, he was allowed to be replaced by his own cousin. He is also heading up a Political Action Committee mobilising for President Buhari’s re-election.
Mr. Lawal recently boasted to Channels TV that he still regularly meets with President Muhammadu Buhari.
He is known to have bought properties after he became Secretary to the Government of the Federation. How come his name is not on President Buhari’s Executive Order 6?
There are many more names I could list, but these names expose the fact that President Muhammadu Buhari’s so called EXECUTIVE ORDER No. 6 of 2018 is itself a hypocritical act of corruption that points four fingers at the President when he intends to point one finger at his political opposition.
Bestselling author of Facts Versus Fiction: The True Story of the Jonathan Years: Chibok, 2015 and Other Conspiracies. Recently honored with the title CROBF-Certified Ruffler of Buhari’s Feathers!